Back in May, the Stew Over crew headed to Fort Wayne to see one of our own perform with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The show was split into two parts. First, the Fort Wayne Phil played four songs, highlighted by Ravel’s Bolero. After intermission, they came back out to play with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Now you might say I’m biased since one of Stew Over’s editors plays in the Phil, but I thought the orchestra was amazing. Ravel’s masterpiece was one of my favorite songs to perform, and I loved the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s rendition. Click on the video below to hear Bolero if you’re not familiar with it.
You may remember Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as being the most popular of the bands from the swing revival of the 1990s. The lead singer continually reminded us that Cab Calloway was a huge influence on him, and we heard multiple Cab songs, including his most popular, Minnie the Moocher. BBVD played all their hits, including: You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby), Go Daddy-O, and I Wanna Be Just Like You, the swing version of the song from Disney’s Jungle Book. I have a particular affinity for this type of music, so I enjoyed myself quite a bit during the show, although not nearly as much as the older gentleman in front of us. I wish I’d taken a picture of him, because he was the quintessential blues/swing fan. He had on a Blues Brother jacket and a fedora and was leg tapping, clapping, and air-directing with enthusiasm. All of this enhanced my experience greatly. The one downside to the concert was that this type of music makes you want to get up and dance, something that’s impossible to do sitting in an orchestra hall.
I’ll leave you with the dance scene from the 1996 movie Swingers, which featured the music of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.